Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


Last chance to register for the “Scaling Online Education” webinar, 24 Sept 2019

This webinar, hosted by the Open Educational Practice SIG, will detail how Charles Sturt University’s Transforming Online Learning (TOL) project has incorporated an agile approach to online subject development so that learning design for an online cohort of students can occur at scale, by presenting the experience of a pilot within the Business Faculty.Agile is an iterative approach to project management that, in this instance has afforded learning designers the opportunity to develop online learning subjects at scale more quickly quicker and with fewer errors.  The session will also illustrate and consider the challenges of bringing faculty on board, scaling resources and approaches, and the implications for broader practice.

The presenter for the session is Jay Cohen, Associate Professor Transform Online Learning at Charles Sturt University.  Jay is passionate and innovative online learning professional with a highly regarded record in the delivery of high quality, scalable learning solutions across the higher education sector. He has over 20 years experience in tertiary and online education, as well as extensive people, project and process management experience.

The session is scheduled for 3pm – 4pm AEST, 24 September 2019 and you will find other time zones for the session here.  For further details of the session and to register visit the OEP-SIG website here.

TELedvisors SIG webinar – What do Academic Developers do? What do they know? Let’s find out



Of all the edvisor types, Academic Developers (ADs) are probably the most clearly defined in the research literature. Perhaps not surprisingly, as many of them work in academic roles and do the research. Join us for this month’s webinar with a focus on Academic Developers, which will focus on their work, position and attitudes. We will also explore the differences and similarities between ADs and learning designers and how we can all work together better.


Associate Professor Marina Harvey, UNSW – Working on a CAULLT (Council of University Leaders of Learning and Teaching) project with a focus on Advancing Academic Development required the team to firstly define academic development. A working definition is shared as a point for starting discussion (and/or debate). The project also surveyed academic developers (N=46) nationally to learn about their professional development roles and responsibilities, needs and support. Some findings will be shared and examined in relation to the webinar participants’ lived experiences. Professor Jillian Hamilton, QUT and Dr Andrea Adam, UTAS also lead the Advancing Academic Development project.

Associate Professor Kathie Ardzejewska & Dr Alison Casey, University of Notre Dame – Kathie is the Manager of the Learning and Teaching Office. She and Alison, their Learning Technologies Developer will discuss how they work together and what they were looking for when recruiting.

Associate Professor Erik Brogt, University of Canterbury – Erik will discuss the daily work of an academic developer and how he sees the relationship between academic development, learning designers, e-learning, and educational technologists.

Date & Time

Thursday 26 Sept 12 noon AEST.

Session Login

You can join the session by clicking here.

Final Reminder: 2019 ASCILITE Awards Open for Nominations

This is a reminder that ASCILITE members are invited to apply or nominate for any of the five ASCILITE awards available. Nominations will close on 1 October 2019 and winners will be announced at the ASCILITE 2019 Conference.  For full details on each award and their nomination forms, visit the ASCILITE website here.

Innovation Award

The ASCILITE Innovation Award was introduced in 2011 as the “Innovation & Excellence” award. It celebrates work undertaken by an individual or team of people in support of the exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education. Innovation is defined as a new idea, device or process. It is something original that breaks new ground in teaching and learning.

Emerging Scholar Award

The following criteria will guide the assessment of this award:

  • Has made a noteworthy contribution in the exemplary use of technologies for learning and teaching in tertiary education in one of the categories referred to in the award criteria document; and/or
  • Has made a noteworthy contribution to exemplary research into technologies for learning and teaching in tertiary education in one of the referred to in the award criteria document; and
  • Through their contributions has promoted the strategic vision, mission and goals of ASCILITE.

Community Fellow Award

The nature of these contributions should cover one or more of the following categories:

  • Works within the community to develop professional leadership in the development, application or implementation of exemplary technology-related projects for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
  • Encourages and supports the exemplary use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education within the community.
  • Encourages innovations in practice in the exemplary use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
  • Participates and initiates discussion in the use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education in the wider community.

Student Bursaries

Up to three Student Bursaries in the amount of $1,000 each are available to full-time PhD/EdD or equivalent students. Winners receive a $1,000 bursary to attend the ASCILITE conference and a one year student membership in ASCILITE along with the remaining funds to be put towards accommodation or travel assistance to attend the conference. Winners are included in the ASCILITE conference awards ceremony and their submissions are available on the ASCILITE website.

Life Member

An ASCILITE Life Member Award is a prestigious award that recognises the significant service and/or sustained contribution of a member to the Society. Life Member Awards are the highest recognition of achievement made by ASCILITE. This award is made only when an appropriate candidate meets the criteria. This means that the award may not be presented every year. Life members do not pay membership fees.

For full details on each award and their nomination forms, visit the ASCILITE website here.

Reminder: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee

Current ASCILITE financial members are invited to stand for election to the ASCILITE Executive Committee. The Call for Nominations is open to all financial members from 16 September to 9 October 2019 and voting will be open to all financial members from 11 October to 24 October 2019.

You will find full details of the election schedule, positions available, work of the Executive Committee and nomination forms on the ASCILITE website here.


Job Vacancy:  Senior Education Data Analyst, Deakin University

Deakin University is seeking the services of a Senior Education Data Analyst to report to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and support significant University-wide initiatives such as the success and retention strategy.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education provides strategic leadership for Deakin’s ambitious curriculum reform and management of the student learning experience.

In this role, you will produce detailed and visually appealing reports for a range of audiences, including executive staff, which combine your ability to analyse and present data with your advanced writing skills. You will have high data literacy, precise and well-developed report writing skills and will be a valuable advisor to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education.

This is a fixed-term 24-month position, based at our CBD premises, HEW10, and an attractive salary is on offer inclusive of 17% superannuation.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • advanced data manipulation and analysis (quantitative and qualitative) and writing skills
  • mature communication and interpersonal skills; excellent organisational abilities
  • sophisticated capacity to use MS Excel; comfortable with handling large datasets
  • relevant experience and knowledge of the Australian higher education sector (desirable)
  • familiarity with data analysis and visualisation packages such as Tableau (desirable)

For more information and to apply for this position, please visit the Deakin jobs website here.

Applications for this position close on 2 October 2019.

The Flipped Classroom: A Blended Learning Model, Griffith University 18 – 19 Oct 2019

You are invited to take a look at the conference program and attend the longest standing flipped learning conference in Australia which takes place at Griffith University’s Southbank Campus in Brisbane on 18 – 19 October 2019.

One of the many highlights of the conference will be a Keynote from Dr Tracey Muir, Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania on Friday 18 October entitled “It’s more than the videos: A look at the factors that influence students’ uptake of flipped learning”.  The detailed program is available online here.

Dr Muir’s keynote will look at why flipped learning is becoming increasingly popular and how much we know about what motivates students to engage with the approach. What affordances does the approach offer beyond what we would consider as good teaching practice? How dependent is the success of the approach on having a dedicated and committed teacher? In this presentation, Dr Muir will share the key findings from her research with a particular focus on the perceptions of the students and teachers involved. While the research was situated primarily in secondary mathematics classrooms, the findings have implications for all educators who are either currently implementing the approach or looking to adopt it in the future.

Visit the conference website here to find out more and to register.

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